Innovative Welsh scheme employs Eurocodes for design
23 March 2011
Posted by Michelle Devonshire
A Welsh construction project has been presented with a European prize for its innovative design.
The Ty Unnos modular scheme was created by research partnership Coed Cymru and is a building system that employs wood grown in sustainable forests in Britain.
It was developed using the Eurocodes standards for construction and civil engineering and employs box and ladder beams to increase the speed and ease with which dwellings can be erected.
Roger Thomas, Chairman of Coed Cymru, commented: "The project is noteworthy in being the first system to be developed in the UK, based from the outset, on the latest Eurocodes."
He added this means the system is more attractive to markets in mainland Europe and can be exported both as separate certified components or in the form of an integrated whole house system.
Based in Newtown, mid Wales, Coed Cymru is a Welsh initiative aimed at boosting the use of locally-grown hardwood timber and enhancing management of broadleaf woodlands.